Betty's Story

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Betty Mary Hubbell, age 83, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully Monday, May 15, 2017. She was born in Hazelton, Pennsylvania on Sept. 29, 1933, to John and Mary (Plaskonos) Mashack. She grew up in Minersville, Pennsylvania, graduating from high school in 1951 and soon after moved to Michigan. In 1952, she married Kenneth Hubbell of Elk Rapids.
Betty enjoyed a long career as a waitress at Shield's Restaurant, Pinestead Reef Restaurant and the Waterfront Convention Center, all in Traverse City. Betty enjoyed many special, personal friendships with long-term customers. Later in life, Betty worked as a customer service representative at Sears in Traverse City, until her retirement. Betty attended and volunteered at St. Francis Catholic Church and had many interests, including casino outings, bingo, playing cards, birds, flowers and reading.
She was an exceptional mother of five children, grandmother and great-grandmother who loved her family. She cared deeply for others, was always compassionate and a careful listener. Her family and many friends loved her dearly and we will all miss her immensely.
Betty is survived by her children, Susan Stuart, Linda Hubbell, Michael (Cynthia) Hubbell and William (Becky) Hubbell; grandchildren, Heather Hockin, Ryan (Mariah) Hockin, Shannon (Bryan) Armstrong, Rachele Hubbell, Branden Hubbell, Katharine (Alexander) Hermann, Anna Hubbell and Saba Hubbell; great-grandson, Porter Hermann; and siblings, Theodore Mashack, Nancy (Phillip) Dayton, Robert (Diane) Mashack and Barbara (Daniel) Schmidt.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Janice Hockin; sons-in-law, Larry Hockin and Terry Stuart; grandson, Nathan Hubbell; brother, John Mashack; and sister, Irene Zelonis.
A memorial service is planned at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, in Traverse City, on Thursday, May 25, 2017, 1 p.m. with visitation one hour prior. A luncheon is planned immediately following the service. Private, family burial services will take place at Oakwood Cemetery in Traverse City.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.
Published on May 21, 2017
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